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Tuesday, October 6, 2015


(Adam Doré & Bryan Hiles)

Action-packed high-energy and delightfully over-the-top performances. (Review by Keith Millar)

Loosely based on the Grimm Brother’s classic fairy-tale The Frog-Prince, A Froggy Fairytale provides lively and cheerful holiday entertainment for children of all ages.

Presented by the Rhumbelow Theatre in association with Creative Madness the production features the talents of Bryan Hiles and Adam Doré.

These two give action-packed high-energy and delightfully over-the-top performances as they introduce a host of whacky characters to the audience with the help of clever props, masks, basic costumes and a puppet.

Other than the main protagonists which include a rather petulant princess, the frog - who is a puppet and, in this version at least, a not-so-handsome prince, there was also a rather camp fairy, a witch who keeps forgetting which fairy-story she is in, and the King who splashes like a sprinkler head when he talks.

Hiles and Doré also play themselves as the travelling minstrels who tell the story.

The two actors’ sustained and mad-cap performances were very well received by all the children present at the opening performance and indeed by their parents and grandparents as well. In fact it looked as if the performers were also having a whale of a time and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

The three year-old grandson we took with us to the production sat transfixed throughout. He was a little alarmed, but not too much, by the witch. Afterwards he stated “Landon is excited”. When he got home he proceeded to tell his parents all about the show.

A cherry on the top is a workshop in mask-making which is presented by the performers after the show.

A Froggy Fairytale is a very enjoyable production. It would certainly provide an entertaining and productive distraction for children who are getting a little bored during the holidays.

A Froggy Fairytale can be seen at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo on October 6, 7, 9 and 10 at 10h00 and at 14h00 on October 8 and 11. Tickets R60 booked through Computicket or Ailsa on 083 250 2690 as well as Roland on and

Tickets are limited so don’t delay.Snacks and juices are on sale. – Keith Millar